There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you (Deuteronomy 12:7).
Praise to the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! (Psalm 106:1)
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Over three hundred years ago, America’s forefathers gathered together in this new land and gave thanks to God for the blessings that He had bestowed on them during the year. See – the English girl is learning!
I hope that this week, each of us finds the time to sit with our families, friends and children, discussing and delighting in the blessings that God has bestowed upon us this past year. It’s a great opportunity to talk with our kids, and even remind ourselves why we celebrate Thanksgiving, and why Thanksgiving is so much more than a commercial holiday…
But really. Give thanks in all circumstances?
A 5 a.m. to start for this wretched Turkey and I…
Uncle Bob lets out a second notch on his belt, before having his annual snooze…
Grandma has enjoyed it, but now she’s exhausted and the kids are arguing, again…
Mum just doesn’t stop complaining…
Dad just watches the football all day…
First Thanksgiving alone…
If you only knew the year I’ve had…
God sees. He knows. He cares. He loves.
Look Back and see God’s faithfulness to his people throughout history, at the cross and in Jesus’ resurrection. Give thanks.
Look Down and around, wonder at God’s blessings and gifts of grace in your own personal life. They are there, no matter how big or small. Give thanks.
Look Out, seek to encourage and bless those around you with joy and thanksgiving. Give thanks.
Look Forward to the joy that is set before us. The future we’re promised in Christ Jesus. Give thanks.
To give thanks is a command. In the highs and the lows, the ups and the downs of life… we are to give thanks. So let us give thanks this day. Let us praise, thank, serve and worship our ever faithful God!
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;[a]
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.